Music that makes The Bookshop

For many years, we’ve been told by visitors that the hours spent inside The Bookshop don’t feel like…time. One long, lucid dream, is the closest one can get to describing it. The sounds of the shop create a force of meditative gravity. One can feel themselves slowing down, centering towards their senses. Its like my mind…

Latitudes of Longing with Shubhangi Swarup

In the recent past of Indian literature, rarely has a debut novel stirred such deep interest in the process of its conception and crafting. Lauded across platforms, Shubhangi Swarup’s Latitudes of Longing is a book that represents the most humane victories and frailties that plague our lives. These individual celebrations and sorrows are crafted masterly…

LONGLIST ANNOUNCED: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

For the last seven years, the DSC Prize has remained on the forefront of representing South Asian literary voices on an international platform. In its eighth edition as well, the Prize continues to celebrate stories pronouncing the regional experiences that are unique to the diverse cultures they emerge from. All 16 novels on the long…

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: An Evening with the Author

June 2017 was a remarkable month for Indian literature. Arundhati Roy’s long anticipated second novel- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – released amidst much fanfare. While the reviews of books that are politically charged are bound to be mixed- and in various cases, even starkly polarized- almost every reader agreed upon the book’s release that…

For Women Who DO

for the embattled  there is no place that cannot be home nor is. (Audre Lorde, School Note) Womankind has been, for the longest time, tied together by various strings. Those of shared concerns and silenced aspirations, of struggles against gentile domestication and chorused laughter over hidden secrets. Women have found themselves living in and creating…

#READMORE- But how?

We have never collectively read as much as we are reading right now. Literature in all its forms has never before found itself trickling down right at the bottom in such huge numbers. There have never been more books, the world has never presented itself forth for pure cerebral consumption across cultures to this extent…

The literary prize of India

Calling publishers in every corner of India! Only one month remaining for entries to the JCB Prize for Literature. The Rs 25-lakh prize is awarded to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer published between August 1st 2017 and July 31st 2018. Novels written in English and translations are both eligible. If you…

Children’s Literature We Loved

It is always encouraging to watch young kids be fascinated by reading and developing a penchant for storytelling, engaging with lives much different from their own.  As booksellers, the sheer joy of facilitating this enthusiasm is what keeps us always on our toes looking for more, reading more. Since the last summer, we’ve grown to…

Looking back at our year in reading

2017 was a year of constant tussle between the personal and the political, and how each individual attempt at learning was an act of resistance. True to our spirit, even this year  at The Bookshop we tried our best to facilitate and participate in the fight for knowledge over sentiment, witnessing literature of utmost brilliance…

The DSC Prize Longlist – 2017

The Bookshop has always found tremendous joy in discovering and delivering works of literature that have the capacity to engage our readers with the word and its indomitable power to paint in varied hues day in and day out, the canvas that is human spirit. We unknowingly seek emotional solidarity with whatever we read; and as…